Tenure track positions in Software Engineering, Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Complex Systems (5 positions) / Tenure track -tehtäviä, Ohjelmistotekniikka, Signaalinkäsittely, Koneoppiminen, Kompleksiset järjestelmät (5 tehtävää)

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational, and high-impact research and education. We are a community of 35,000 people and Finland’s second largest multidisciplinary higher-education institution. Our competitive edges are in technology, health, and society. Read more.

We are inviting applications for tenure track positions in the Unit of Computing Sciences at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences. We currently employ 24 professors, 17 tenure track professors, 44 full time teachers. Our 400 staff members work on three campuses in Tampere and Pori. The unit of Computing Sciences covers all essential areas of Information Technology. We develop methods, theories, and technologies for digitalized data and information centric society. Common to all our fields are strong mathematical, algorithmic, and computational thinking and understanding of social networks and human-computer interaction. Software engineering, signal processing, computer engineering and information security are solution-oriented disciplines, and data science seeks to build models and extract meaningful information from large amounts of complex data. Machine learning, artificial intelligence and data-driveness cut across all our disciplines.   

We have about 200 research projects mainly led by the professors totaling over 20Meur annual external funding. We create 600 publications at top journals and conferences. Examples of our highlights can be found at our research pages. We have over 2000 students enrolled every year and educate majority of Tampere University’s mathematics and software engineering students also for other faculties. Our study programs are available at our teaching page.  


Our tenure track professors are expected to pursue and supervise scientific research in their field; lead, conduct and develop research-led teaching, curriculum development and student supervision; seek, secure and manage research funding from different sources, such as EU instruments; demonstrate effective academic leadership and engage with external stakeholders.

In response to Tampere University as a major interdisciplinary university in Finland, the Computing Sciences Unit is strengthening its cross-disciplinary profile. The new positions described below aim at both extend the existing expertise in the unit as well as widen its scope of future research with new openings into promising, leading edge areas. The new members are welcomed to strengthen our academic and industrial collaborations at both European and global levels.  

Software Engineering (2 positions) 

The focus of our research is in software engineering and applications, including areas ranging from architecture and quality to management of software engineering. Read more about the research group from here.  As the importance of data, its analysis, use and sharing become increasingly important, the way software is developed is changing. This requires new research on development practices, architectures, enabling technologies and business. Thus, we want to increase our strength in data-oriented applications and software aspects of AI.  

When AI – especially machine learning - is used in software-intensive systems, “traditional” software is still critical in building the whole system.  New research is needed to react to these changes. AI also brings new opportunities to significantly improve the efficiency of software development, and we want to extend our research to this direction in collaboration with our colleagues in the machine learning research groups. 

Our teaching and research are typically conducted in collaboration with industry and, thus we expect the candidates to understand in challenges from the industry point of view, too. Ability to actively involve the local companies to international research collaborations is appreciated.  

The selected candidates should operate at both Tampere and Pori campuses

Signal Processing and Machine Learning (2 positions)

The Computing Science unit has been the site of several Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence in Signal Processing and has made pioneering contributions in all areas of signal processing. Its current core strengths are in imaging, audio processing, computer vision, and applied machine learning.  Our staff includes world-class scientists, ERC grantees, Academy professors, and editors of the top international journals.

To support our growth and sustain our competitiveness and diversity, we are looking for talented and enthusiastic candidates to fill two new positions in the broader area of Signal Processing and Machine Learning, including Image Processing and Computational Imaging, Computer Vision, Audio and Speech Processing, and Multimedia. Applicants are encouraged to pursue an ambitious yet realistic research plan and contribute with high-quality teaching within this area.

Complex systems (1 position)

In the Complex System researcher, complex phenomena, such as pandemics, climate change, financial crises, or computer security are analyzed, modelled, and predicted. The unit of Computing Sciences has wide scope covering many areas spanned by Complex Systems research: Statistical Data Analysis, Statistics, Data Science, Control Theory, Inverse Problems, Pure Mathematics, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, and Computer Science in general. This position on Complex Systems will strengthen the multidisciplinary nature of the unit. 

We are looking for a computationally orientated candidate with expertise at least in one of the complex systems topics, especially in complex adaptive systems or complex networks. Candidate’s research can be exploratory and data-driven and/or model-based with various application areas, such as social sciences, computer science, economics, health, biology, or climate research. Applicants are encouraged to pursue an ambitious yet realistic research plan, emphasizing methodological, applied, and multidisciplinary aspects of their research.


We have a three-stage tenure track path; in this call we welcome applicants to all three tenure track stages. In addition to an applicable doctoral degree, the following requirements apply at the corresponding stages:

Assistant Professor

  • ability to undertake independent scholarly activity and potential to pursue scholarly activity at a high international level of excellence  
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position.

Associate Professor

  • track record of independent scholarly activity
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position 
  • ability to lead a research group and acquire external funding
  • track record of international scholarly activity.


  • high-level scholarly expertise
  • experience of leading scientific research
  • ability to provide high-quality research-based education and instruction 
  • track record of winning external research funding  
  • track record of international scholarly activity

We will expect you to demonstrate how your profile aligns with the strategy of Tampere University and with the profile of the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences and describe how you would work in a multidisciplinary environment. An existing track record of industry collaboration, innovation, and technology transfer will be considered an advantage.  Additional requirements may be mentioned at the descriptions of the specific positions above.


Initial appointment as an assistant professor and associate professor will be for five years. Subject to successful performance, you will become a tenured faculty member at the end of the first five-year period. You will be well supported throughout the five-year period to ease your transition to a tenured position. Full professors will hold a permanent appointment from the outset. Please read more about tenure track career system at Tampere University. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.

Salaries are based on the job demands and employees’ personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The starting salary range will be from €4,000 to €4,600/month for an assistant professor, from €4,600 to €5,300/month for an associate professor, and from €5,500-€6,300/month for a professor. A higher salary may be agreed upon based on the successful candidate’s experience and/or performance. 

We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as a flexible work schedule, good facilities for teleworking, a variety of affordable food and drink outlets across our campuses and a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground

Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world, including, for example, sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. For more information about Finland, please visit InfoFinland and This is Finland.


Please submit your application through our recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is Wednesday 23.6.2021 (at 23.59 EEST, GMT+2 / 21.59 UTC).

Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in combined PDF format. Applications should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines;
  • List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines. Please indicate your ten most important publications and include links to them. You can also combine the publications into a cloud file and add a link to the file to your list of publications;
  • Teaching portfolio according Tampere University guidelines; 
  • A research plan (max. 3 pages) including your research vision in this field and a plan for your research for the next 5 years;
  • A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) including
    • A brief account of your career and key achievements;
    • A brief statement about your research, innovation, and publication philosophy;
    • The names, positions and contact details of two referees who can support your application.

Candidates may be invited for a video interview during the first stage of the recruitment process. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview and may undergo an aptitude assessment. They will also undergo a review by external experts and may be required to give a demonstration of their teaching skills. 

For more information, please contact

Professor Timo Hämäläinen, Computing Sciences Unit, timo.hamalainen@tuni.fi, tel. +358408490777

With questions related to recruitment process, please contact HR-specialist Katri Haapamäki, katri.haapamaki@tuni.fi 

Application period starts: 2021-05-26 13:00Application period ends: 2021-06-23 23:59